Which Settings I Need to Make While Setting up Netgear Extender
We all buy a Netgear WiFi range extender with the purpose to get rid of the dead zones and to have a constant WiFi signal all over the home. However, each user has their own requirements and usage. There are lots of settings that we can use while setting up Netgear extender. It all relies on what we need and what we expect from our wireless range extender. One can install and set up it as a range extender or as an access point via the web-based page.
Though it is very easy to install the extender, yet several users confuse about which settings they need to make for a successful installation. Sensing this need, we have come up with this post to help you make the required settings for your Netgear wireless extender. Read on.
Netgear Extender Settings
1. The SSID or Name of the Extended WiFi Network
When you set up the extender, you will get an option to choose the desired name for your new, extended WiFi network. By default, the extender’s network name would be ‘Name_Ext’. In other words, the Netgear extender just adds an extension namely ‘_Ext’ at the end of your existing network name or SSID. However, if you want to change it, you can do so with great ease and keep any network name or SSID as per your choice.
To do so, connect your device like a computer, laptop, or smartphone to the extender. After that, launch a web browser and access mywifiext.net setup web page. Once prompted, type the user ID and password. Navigate to the Wireless Setup section. Here, in the network name field, delete the existing SSID, and enter the new one. Finally, click on the Apply button.
2. Type of Security
The next step, after modifying the network name, is to choose a type of security you wish to put on your WiFi network. With Netgear extender, you will get various options such as WPA, WPA2-Personal, WEP, and few others. One can select any of these security options. Thereafter, you have to select a password that you wish to put on the WiFi network of your extender according to the chosen security type. For instance, if WPA2-Personal Security is the option you have chosen, create the password depending on the requirement of this security type.
You can change the security type via its default web-based portal. Ensure to connect your device to the extender’s network and access the latest version of the web browser. After logging in to your extender, click on the security options and select the desired security option for your wireless network. Make it as strong as you can.
3. Setting up the WiFi Network on 5 GHz Bandwidth
Netgear wireless range extender is capable to extend the WiFi signals in two bandwidths namely 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. In case you only wish to amplify the WiFi signal in single bandwidth, you can do it in that manner too. It all depends on how you want to use your Netgear extender.
To make your dual-band Netgear extender to use the 5 GHz band, you need to set it up too. As soon as you have chosen the WiFi network to extend in two bandwidths, select the SSID and password for that network as well. Thereafter, you can use the 5 GHz WiFi network with those devices on which you need more internet speed. On the other hand, for low-end devices, you can use the 2.4 GHz WiFi signal.
So these were the settings you need to make during the Netgear wireless range extender setup and installation. In case of any doubts, reach out to our experts.